Mamma’s Orange Rolls: #SundaySupper

Orange Refrigerator Rolls slider

My great-grandmother's recipe for melt-in-your mouth orange sweet rolls with hints of cinnamon and cardamom. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza, this is the time of year we celebrate the circles of family, friendship, and community. We revisit childhood memories and Christmases passed, and create new ones to treasure. We exchange gifts with people close to us, to thank them for being in our lives and contributing to who we are, and who ...

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Butternut-Caramelized Onion Empanadas

Butternut Squash Caramelized Onion Empanadas slider

Buttery empanadas filled with caramelized onions, butternut squash, apples and raisins.   I had my first empanadas when we were traveling through Ecuador a few years ago. Myles and I were enjoying a few days in the charming, mountain town of Cuenca, in the southern Sierra's after a glorious trip to the Galápagos. If you haven't been there, Cuenca is on the famed Inca Trail, and was a significant center of civilization long before the ...

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Boozy Pumpkin Bread

Boozy Pumpkin Bread Slider

Moist, old-fashioned pumpkin bread loaded with spices and topped with a sugar crust. Welcome to my new blog home!! I'm very excited about it, and hope you enjoy the new digs. I'm still re-orienting a bunch of the photos and getting all my recipes integrated into recipage, so please be patient with me while I get this done in the evenings (in between gift wrapping, holiday get-togethers, and ...

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Lentil Stew Shepherd’s Pie: #SundaySupper

Shepherd's Pie : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Vegetarian twist on a classic Shepherd's Pie with lentil stew, swiss chard, topped with mashed cauliflower/potatoes and slow roasted tomatoes. The #SundaySupper theme this week is Thanksgiving leftovers. What? We're planning leftovers before we've even had the meal?? I can only say that we're planners here at #SundaySupper Central, and we've got your back. The array of dishes this week offers up some really creative ways to use just about anything left over from ...

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Fusilli with Eggplant, Tomatoes and Capers

Fusilli with Eggplant Tomatoes and Capers

Classic Sicilian pasta of fusilli tossed with eggplant, tomatoes, and capers with added tofu to boost the protein punch. Re-entry has not been smooth. After spending a month in Italy, my internal clock remains in vacanza, as it clearly has no idea if I should be awake or asleep at any given moment. Admittedly, catching a bad cold the final day of vacation followed by staying up for 24 hours straight the day we flew home hasn't ...

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Swiss Chard and Quinoa Gratin

Swiss Chard and Quinoa Gratin - slider

Gratin of swiss chard, ricotta and asiago cheeses and breadcrumbs make for a vegetarian comfort dish. What makes you sing? I’m not talking about pretending to be a rock star when your favorite tune comes on the radio; belting out lyrics while driving home from work. No, I mean when you suddenly realize that you’re humming something. Not a song, really, just humming because you’re completely at ease and happy with the ...

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Kale – Cauliflower Tart in a Cheddar Crust

hearty tart with kale and cauliflower in a cheddar crust

Delicious tart of kale, caramelized onions, cauliflower and roasted tomatoes in a cheddar cheese crust. I think we're fitting the rain of one season into one month here in the Bay Area. To be fair, it's not that we're getting a lot of hard, driving, flooding rain. It's more drizzle, light rain, heavy raindrops falling from overladen leaves kind of weather. And we had such a dry winter until now, it doesn't feel PC to ...

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Ribollita Peasant Soup

ribollita

Peasant soup of cannellini beans, tomatoes, onion, greens, and thickened with browned-butter breadcrumbs. After a parched winter, we're enjoying a week of welcome rain here in northern California. It's a soothing rain that ebbs and flows, with short breaks not quite long enough to leave the umbrella at home, but feeding the soil long enough to make my garden happy. The kale and Swiss chard have doubled in size, with large ...

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True Grit(s)

Cheesy Grits and Greens The Wimpy Vegetarian

Stone ground grits cooked with cheddar and smoked gouda cheeses, smokey collard greens, and Swiss chard sauteed with roasted tomatoes. My mom was a southern girl reluctantly transplanted into northern soils as a young bride. She adjusted to her new home, but she missed the hot, sunny days of her youth, and her extended family. One of the ways she kept her southern roots alive was through her ...

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Yosemite with Suzanne Goin: Young Broccoli with Burrata

Broccolini with Burrata

Suzanne Goin's broccolini with burrata from Sunday Suppers at Lucques. If you've never attended the Chefs' Holidays® events hosted by The Ahwahnee® Hotel every winter, there's still time for 2012. It is the perfect little vacation after the madness of the holidays. The Ahwahnee is a magical place situated in the heart of Yosemite Valley, surrounded by the natural majesty of Half Dome and ...

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Easy Whole Wheat Boule with Fennel Seed

Whole Wheat Boule with Fennel Seed

Easy whole wheat yeasted bread flavored with fennel seed. Yeasted breads and I were not instant friends. There was no spark. No pull of attraction.  No camaraderie. But in school, you don't get to choose:  "Susan, meet yeasted bread recipe. Find a workspace and go to work". As any of you know who went to culinary school, your day is a blur of speed, technique, shared equipment, and ...

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Braised Endive and Fennel Gratin

comforting, casserole of braised endive and fennel, cooking for a crowd

Light but comforting casserole of braised endive layered with fennel in a gratin that can be served year-round. Meeting holiday expectations can be hard. Sometimes the expectations (and hopes) we have around holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Valentines, take such an idealistic shape thanks to the messages we get on TV, in movies, and all around us, that unless we have a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving, ...

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